The Buccaneers were the worst team in the NFL by going 2-14 and have the 1st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. How are we going to put together a "Top 10 Worst Moments of 2014?" We'll do it with a lot of patience and narrowing down. There's a lot to choose from!
Here we go with the countdown...
10. Derek Anderson (TWICE)
The Bucs really lucked out by not having to face Cam Newton either time they played the Panthers this season. Unfortunately, Panthers backup QB Derek Anderson threw for a combined 507 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2 victories against the Bucs.
9. Timeout to START THE 2ND HALF Against the Lions (TWICE)
Only the Bucs would spend 15 minutes in the locker-room during halftime and then take a timeout to start the 2nd half. C'mon Man!!! Fastforward to 2:10 of this video.
8. The Ravens Torch the Bucs Before the Bye Week
The Bucs had just come off their first win of the season in Pittsburgh and a thrilling overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. Were things starting to turn around for the Bucs? Nope! The Ravens jumped out to a 38-0 lead, and suddenly Bucs fans were wondering if they'd end up with the 1st pick in the draft.
7. 4th and 1 QB Sneak and Challenge
This play just irked the hell out of me. Once again, the Bucs imploded in the 2nd half of a game, but they actually had a chance against the horrible Chicago Bears. Down 21-13, the Bucs got down to the Bears 36 yard line with a 4th and 1. With the clock ticking down to the 2 minute warning, the Bucs decide to rush to the line and run a QB sneak rather than draw up the proper play to get the 1st down. Josh McCown is stopped well short of the line to gain, but Lovie Smith decides to challenge the spot and possibly lose one of his final two timeouts. He loses the challenge, loses the timeout, and the Bucs get the ball back on offense after the defense holds the Bears to a three and out with just 13 seconds. If Lovie does not challenge that obvious spot, the Bucs get the ball back with more than 50 seconds and still have a chance, albeit slim.
6. Mike Evans Can't Get Off the Field
There aren't many things more exciting in the NFL than setting up a last second field goal to win a game. In week 2, the Rams led the Bucs 19-17 before Josh McCown tried to lead a miraculous comeback victory. After a 29 yard pass to rookie Mike Evans down to the Rams 32 yard line, it appeared as if the Bucs had at least put themselves in position to attempt a game-winning 49 yard field goal. As the clock ticked below 10 seconds, the Bucs were lining up to spike the ball and attempt that field goal, but Mike Evans was lying on the field in pain. Without any timeouts, Evans injury forced a 10-second run-off, and the Bucs lost the game. Ouch!
5. Garrett Gilkey's Roll Back Snap
There is not a play that symbolizes the Bucs season more in 2014 than the efforts of Garrett Gilkey at center. The Bucs defense intercepts Andy Dalton on the first play between the Bucs and Bengals. On Garrett Gilkey's first shotgun snap of the day while filling in for Evan Dietrich-Smith, he literally rolls it back to Josh McCown. The Bucs would lose the game 14-13.
4. 12 Men on the Field
Speaking of that Bengals game, the Bucs did have a chance to win. Down 14-13 with 32 seconds to play, Josh McCown would hit Louis Murphy for a 21 yard gain down to the Bengals 20 yard line. Unfortunately, the Bucs had 12 men on the field, which would negate the play and give the Bucs a 5-yard penalty. Three plays later, the Bucs would have yet another loss.
3. Caught Serving Water Instead of Alcohol at Concession Stands
The Bucs were bad enough on the field. They definitely didn't need any bad publicity off of it. In a story by WFLA, on November 9 at least one fan ordered a shot of tequila that consisted of colored water. Whether it was a mistake or a scam, it did not look good for an organization already in chaos.
2. Falcons Beat the Bucs 56-14 on National TV
The Bucs had played two close games to start the season in losses to the Panthers and Rams. Week three on national TV was an opportunity to rectify the wrong in the first two weeks of the season. Instead, in turned into one of the most embarrassing games for the Buccaneers in franchise history.
1. Jeff Tedford's Heart
We all know the story by now. Jeff Tedford had some heart issues and had to have a stint placed in his heart. Despite being able to come back early in the regular season, Tedford went on extended leave from the team and ultimately got a release from his contract. Peter King of SI.com reported that Tedford was afraid he wouldn't have the proper control of the offense to fix the disaster that it had become. It was an ugly situation that should have blame placed on both Tedford and Lovie Smith if Smith wasn't willing to give Tedford that control. For two guys that allegedly spent the previous year watching football together and building chemistry, the match was a disaster from the beginning.
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